It’s that time of year again – the time for the Dice Tower and it’s contributors to vote for the games worthy of an award among a variety of categories, not the least of which is the best game of year. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2018. You can see previous winners, along with this year’s nominees, on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year.
Best Family Game of the year
Fireball Island Gizmos Reef Space Base My Little Scythe
Everdell Root Grimm Forest Cerebria Rising Sun
Chronicles of Crime Nyctophobia Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame KeyForge The Mind
Fireball Island Brass Lancashire Endeavor: Age of Sail High Society The Estates
Monolith are not slowing down. In fact they are going full steam ahead and have big plans for the future. Hot of the heals of their Kickstarters, Conan and the, “very close to being on your door”, Mythic Battles: Pantheon, they have announced some changes they are making and some new titles they will be publishing. More about the titles later.
Recently mentioned on their Facebook page (in French), they are expanding their team by two. They are looking for multi skilled people for their development team, who can analyse games, test and create scenarios, search and select new games and have mastery of Microsoft Office as well as other skills. And all in both French and English…Oh, it also helps that you live near their offices in Quimper, France too. Does this sound like a job for you?
Back to the new game announcements. Recently I reported on the next big Kickstarter project, that is Batman the Boardgame. And that has been shaping up nicely and you can see it yourself at GenCon this year, in Hall G 3063
But another supprise announcement was that they will be bringing Claustrophobiato Kickstarters as well. This is an already published game by Asmodee and designed by Croc, way back in 2009. And it looks like there will be some much loved passion being breathed into this remake. Many complained about the mini and lack of variety in enemy’s. This will all be changed with the power of Kickstarter. Croc, who is a long time, good friend of Frédéric Henry (designers of both Conan and Batman) will probably be involved in the redesign, bumping up the game from just two expansions and the base game, to many expansions and KS goodies.
We will unfortunately have to wait a while to find out more…
Monolith Editions are getting suited up for crime fighting in the city of Gotham. As they have announced that they will be bring Batman to your tabletops… And he won’t be alone.
Players will be dropped into the crime ridden street, warehouses and sewers of Gotham, to take on another player, as they control a DC villain and his mooks, as the act out their dastardly plans. Not only is it a One Vs Many game, but it is also will come with a Player Vs Player mode. As you will get to draft a group of villains or heroes and go head to head.
The game system (THS) that was featured in Monoliths previous title Conan, will be the base engine for this game. Frédéric Henry, the designer of both titles, has made some changes to the game, to make it fit into the DC Universe. As this will not be a hack a slash title, but a strategic battle of wits, brains and brawn. With new skill, like intelligence and new special powers that match each of the iconic heroes and villains. Frédéric is currently touring France, demoing the prototype. And there is a possibility that there will be a tour in the UK, later this year.
The game has been inspired by the comic book, in particular those draw by Jim Lee, David Finch and Greg Capullo. So don’t expect any nipple George Clooney’s.
Monolith, who brought us the highly successful Conan and Mythic Battles:Pantheon to Kickstarter, are working toward this next big hit…”POW!” Which should be coming at the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
To keep an eye on “The Bat” you can follow along Monolith on Facebook here or you can go to (now available in English) The Overload (a fan site, which has members of the Monolith team post articles and answer your questions) here.